Chorley’s introduction to the Vanarama Conference North finally truned sour with a heavy defeat in Cumbria compounded with Harry Winters second red card in three games.
Despite starting the game well and going close when a Kyle Jacobs long throw was headed off the line by Naill Cowperthwaite, Chorley couldn’t find a way past home keeper Tony McMillan.
Adam Dodd then had to head off the line before the full-backs free kick was headed goalbound by Tom Smyth, but McMillan comfortably saved.
As the clock ticked Barrow grew into the game with ex-Magpie Danny Pilkington causing problems for the backfour.
Chorley based defender and Barrow captain Simon Grand flashed a volley wide of Sam Ashton’s goal before Jason Walker shot wider minutes later.
Dodd cleared off the line in a goalmouth scramble as Barrow looked to capitalised on their spell in charge in front of a vociferous 1500+ at Holker Street.
Seven minutes before the break Barrow took the lead. Smyth and Walker tumbled in the area and the referee pointed to the spot to award the hosts a fortuitous penalty and the former York City striker dusted himself down to beat Ashton from 12 yards despite the keeper diving the right way.
A minute later it was two when Pilkington raced clear and beat Ashton to double the lead in quick time.
After the break Chorley started as they did the first period in the hope of finding a way back into the game but a long punt forward on 56 minutes was flicked onto Izak Reid and it was game over.
Reid and Smyth both had the ball in the back of the next within two minutes of each other at opposite ends of the pitch, but both were chalked off for off-side.
Twenty minutes from time it was four when Andy Cook took advantage of some poor defending, then three minutes later the salt was rubbed into the wound with Winter’s dismissal.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Kyle Jacobs, Adam Dodd, Andy Teague, Tom Smyth, Jake Cottrell, Chris Almond, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Harry Winter, Darren Stephenson
Subs: Paul Jarvis, Adam Roscoe, Jack Dorney (Almond, 49), Jack Lynch, Adam Mather (Dodd, 62)
Goals: Jason Walker (39 pen), Danny Pilkington (41), Izak Reid (56), Andy Cook (70)